Are you looking forward to the holidays? Delicious foods and time spent with family usually equal fun times for the humans. Do your dogs or cats love the holidays? Do they embrace the influx of guests? If you travel to visit family, do your dogs or cats travel with you and do they enjoy staying in hotels or in unfamiliar homes?
Chances are your pets get stressed during the holidays. They are faced with new people in their house or they are traveling to homes they may have never been before. And a stressed out dog or cat can mean you may have a destructive dog or cat on your hands.
A dog or cat who doesn’t jump or scratch your doors or claw at your window sills might just do that during the holidays. What can you do to protect your pets from a “time out” and your home, a hotel, or your relative’s home from damage this holiday season?
Here are a few tips from CLAWGUARD and its ultimate ultimate pet scratch protection products:
Distract them. If your pets have toys to play with and bones to gnaw on, they may be disinclined to chew a window sill or scratch a hotel room door.
Tire them out. A tired dog and cat is a happy, content dog or cat. Take your dog into the yard and play fetch. If the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor play, you can play fetch indoors. Give your dog a toy like a Kong that is filled with tasty treats he will have to work to get to. Give your cats some catnip filled toys and play with her to keep her entertained. Make certain you have scratching posts or that you take scratching pads with you so your cat has access to that instead of a couch in a hotel!
Stick to routines. If your pets eat at a particular time, stick with that dinner time and with food they are accustomed to. If your dog goes to sleep at a particular time and in a crate or with her favorite blanket or toy, don’t forget to bring those items with you if you’re traveling. If you’re hosting the holidays at your home, make sure your pet can get away from the crowds if she needs to.
Introduce your dog or cat to everyone -- if they are amenable. Chances are you know your pet best and you know whether he or she will want to meet the strangers. If you have a friendly dog or cat and curious children or relatives, introduce them to one another. If you know your pet doesn’t relish being petted by strangers, then don’t force an introduction.
Take a hike. Spend quality time alone with your dog and get out for a walk. Let your dog run (on a leash) to get rid of some of his excess energy. Going for a walk will help your dog expend his energy, tire him out and help you make room for pumpkin pie!
Here are some other tips to consider for your pet and her safety this holiday season:
- Don’t feed her table scraps.
- Keep alcohol and chocolate away from pets
- Make certain your dog is microchipped and/or leashed and collared, especially in an unfamiliar location
- Put your cats in a safe space so they don’t dash out the door when people are coming in
- Spend quality time with your pets to calm and soothe them during this hectic time. Chances are you also know that the simple act of petting your cat or dog will lower your own blood pressure and calm you!
If you really want to be a great guest and assure you get your pet deposit back if you stay at a hotel take your Original CLAWGUARD Doorshield or your Heavy Duty CLAWGUARD Doorshield with you on your trips this holiday season. CLAWGUARD is easy to travel with, install at a hotel or relative’s home and makes you (and your dogs and cats) welcome house guests because you won’t have to worry about your pets clawing the doors.
We love our pets, but sometimes they don’t love our doors or our windowsills! True, they don’t usually know any better and when their claws are damaging the door, the door frame or the window sills it’s because they’re bored or they are so excited to welcome us home that they jump and scratch.
As pet parents we know our pets don’t cause damage to our homes out of spite. They get bored. They get excited and they damage property. As a pet parent it’s up to us to train away “bad” behaviors through positive reinforcement, but it can’t hurt to use CLAWGUARD Door Shields or CLAWGUARD Protective Tape as a way to further protect the investment in our homes or in the security deposit we paid on our apartment.
If you’re not certain how CLAWGUARD Products can protect your property and make it more difficult for your precious pup to inadvertently cause damage, here are our top uses the products:
- Use it on windowsills. If you have cats in the house you know they love to get their claws into places they aren’t supposed to. Sometimes no matter how many scratching posts you have available, your cat will still want to claw a windowsill. CLAWGUARD Protective Tape can protect the windowsill from scratching.
- Protect windowsills from a chewing dog. Dogs get bored and do things we just wish they wouldn’t. Have you ever had a dog lie on the back of the couch and mindlessly gnaw on the windowsill? We’ve heard that it happens! Dogs are weird, right?! If you have a dog who likes to chew when he’s bored, CLAWGUARD Protective Tape will protect the windowsill.
- A dog who enthusiastically greets you when you come home is a joy to behold. This is especially true if you have had a bad day at work or have just battled your way through rush hour traffic, having your beloved dog greeting you at the door can lift your mood and your spirits. If, however, your dog is so excited to see you that she jumps up on the door and can’t wait for you to open it, you can protect it with CLAWGUARD Door Shield. Of course, you can use positive reinforcement training to prevent your dog from jumping on the door in her excitement at your homecoming, but if you’ve tried and it just hasn’t worked, protect the door and let your dog be as enthusiastic as she wants!
- Do your dogs love to be outside? Then they want to come inside. Oh, and then they want to go outside again? You see where we are going with this right? If you have dogs (or cats) who spend the day scratching the door to get your attention to go in and out, CLAWGUARD Door Shields can protect the door both inside and outside. It won’t stop your dogs from wanting to go in, then out, then in again, but it will protect the doorjamb.
- You want to protect your windowsills, doors and door jambs, but you’re just not “handy” with tools. If you can wield a pair of scissors you can easily customize the CLAWGUARD Protective Tape to fit your doors and windows and protect your home. There is no hardware required and that makes “installation” quick and easy enough for anyone to use.
- What if you have relied on hearing your dog or cat scratch the door when he has to go outside? CLAWGUARD Door Shields have a smooth side and a textured side. This lets you determine whether you want to hear the scratching or whether you want to muffle the sound. The Door Shields also comes with optional Velcro fasteners to aid in the stability of the CLAWGUARD Door Shields – something that some of our customers requested.
Don’t worry about having to leave your CLAWGUARD Products behind if you move out of your current home or apartment. You can remove them and bring them with you; it’s an investment in home protection you can use and re-use.
Have questions about CLAWGUARD Products and whether it’s right for you, your home and your pets? Watch the video that was the inspiration behind CLAWGUARD and then contact us if you have more questions!
Did you know that every pound that your small breed dog gains is the equivalent of you gaining 23 pounds, and a single pound on your cat is like 16 pounds gained on you? Unfortunately, over 50% of all pets are considered obese, which can lead to many other costly health problems.
Pets are our fur babies, our best friends, our companions and a large part of our family, but just like the humans we love, pets need our help in maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.
Here are 4 easy ways to prevent pet obesity in your best furry friend:
- Talk to your vet. Your pet’s vet is your best source of information when it comes to all aspects of your best furry friend’s health. So, if you have any questions regarding your pet’s food, treats, snacks or even about the kinds of table foods you can offer your pet, ask your vet for advice and on how to best manage your pet’s eating habits without risking your fur baby’s health.
- Read nutrition labels. Just like human food, most pet foods have labels on them that contain both the ingredients and the nutritional information, including calories, fat contents, and more. Not all foods are created equal, so when you’re standing in the pet food store or aisle, make sure you get the pet food and snacks that are the most nutritious and healthiest for your furry best friend.
- Be Consistent. Use a measuring cup to ensure that your pet always gets the same amount of food every meal, and do your best to feed your furry friend on a regular schedule. If you work long hours or have an unpredictable schedule, consider investing in an automatic feeder that can be preset to feed your pet a certain amount at a specific time. That way, you pet is guaranteed to be fed, but never overfed, and you don’t have to worry about skipping meals or guessing meal portions.
- Make exercise fun. If you’re like most people, the idea of spending an hour on a treadmill is probably the last thing you want to do. That’s why it’s so important that you make exercise fun, not just for yourself, but for your pet, too. Get outside and go for a nice walk or check out a local park for a game of fetch. If you have a cat, think about getting a laser or feather toy on a stick that can make for an awesome time, and a great way to get some fun active time in together. Exercise is not only important for your pet’s physical health, it also boosts mental and emotional well-being and can offer a great bonding experience.
As pet parents, we all know how hard it is to refrain from giving our fur babies that extra piece of homemade chicken or a second helping of their favorite snack treat. But while it might not feel good in the moment, in the long run you might actually be saving your best furry friend from a slew of issues that stem from being overweight, including Type 2 Diabetes, various forms of cancer, high blood pressure and more.
So, in honor of Pet Obesity Awareness Day on October 11, 2017, make a commitment to your pet’s well-being by finding easy and healthy ways to feed and interact with your best fur baby.
Did you know one in four pet owners loses their apartment security deposit or pet deposit? If you’re like most people, you consider your security deposit “money in the bank” that you want to get back when you move out and move into another apartment.
When you’re looking for an apartment, you may find it’s not easy to find one that will accept you and your beloved fur-kids. The reason for this is the landlord has been burned in the past by tenants with ill-behaved dogs. You may also find an ideal apartment, but find the pet security deposit and additional rent you have to pay because you have pets puts the apartment financially out of reach.
Pet security deposits
Understand when you sign an apartment lease that has a pet agreement addendum that you know exactly what you’re signing. Many of these documents stipulate the pet size and weight and number of pets you can have. It will spell out if there are prohibited breeds or species (snakes, ferrets, etc.) what the portion of your security deposit is the pet deposit. You will want to ask how much of the deposit is refundable when you move out.
NOTE: Take dated photos of the apartment the day you move in and keep them in case you need to prove the apartment was not damaged by your pet when you move out.
If, when you moved into your apartment you didn’t have a pet you need to ask your landlord whether you can adopt if you are inclined to do so at a later date. Bringing a pet into your apartment without telling the landlord may void your lease and you may be forced to vacate.
What can you do to assure you protect your apartment and save your security deposit?
Here are a few tips:
- Crate train your pet. If they are crate trained, they will happily stay secure while you’re away and won’t damage the apartment.
- Use positive reinforcement to “train away” bad behaviors. If you have cats, make certain you have several scratching posts throughout the apartment so they can scratch there and not on the walls.
- Make certain your dog is housebroken. When housebreaking a puppy, invest in puppy training pads and teach him to go to the bathroom on the pad and not on the carpet or flooring.
- If your dog has separation anxiety that could lead to her barking while you’re way and this will most likely infuriate the neighbors. If word of your dog’s incessant barking gets back to the landlord, he may ask you to leave.
- If your dog claws the doors or chews the walls and window sills you will likely forfeit your security deposit. Clawing and chewing can be addressed by offering your dog an alternative – a bone or a favorite toy – or by being crate trained. Using a Clawuard will protect the apartment, and preserve your deposit, but it’s best to train your pet to be a good canine citizen.
A pet deposit may feel like a burden, but many landlords feel that owning a pet is a privilege and they need to protect themselves from potential property damaged caused by a pet. Be a responsible pet parent, train your dog and/or cat, and protect your security deposit!